- Audio CD (28 Sept. 2018)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Import
- Label: Forward Recordings
- ASIN: B00QWSM42G
The first Italian reggae artist to be internationally recognised, Alberto D’ Ascola (aka Alborosie) was born in Sicily in 1977.
He formed his first band “Reggae National Tickets” in 1992 and they quickly reached success selling more than 200,000 records.
They were the first Italian band to play at Sunsplash and Sumfest in Jamaica in the Nineties.
After their success in Italy, Alborosie moved to Jamaica in 2000. His friendship with John Baker (ex-producer of Pm Dawn and member of Island Records) was decisive: he began to work in Baker’s Geejam studio in the Jamaican countryside and, little by little, he worked as a sound engineer and producer for international artists such as Wyclef, Angie Stone and Sisco.
He also recorded Manu Chao and Nubians at the time of their visits on the island.
Thanks to his talent as a producer, he managed the group Digicel Rising. After this experience, he labelled his first record Alborosie on his own label Forward Music in 2004.
Despite some good tracks, most notably Burnin’ and Lootin with Ky-mani Marley, he would have to wait until 2006 to reach international recognition with Herbalist which was considered best song of the year by David Rodigan.
Alborosie becomes the first white artist to be distributed in Jamaica by Bob Marley’s label, Tuff Gong.
Above his work as a producer (e.i. XXL Riddim, with the voices of Gentleman, Sizzla, Luciano, Ky-mani Marley), he continues his own recordings (hits like “Kingston town”, “Slam bam”, “Police”) and featurings with: U-Roy on “Precious”, Sizzla on “Meditation”and Gentleman on “Celebration”.
His first solo album, “Soul Pirate”, was released in September 2008 under the Forward Recordings label. This first album was preceded by a limited edition distributed during the European tour.
“Soul Pirate” voices the best reggae deejay in the world, David Rodigan, which samples his own track that made him famous in the world of reggae music.
In 2009 Alborosie closed his own record label to begin working with Shang Yeng Clan studios, which launched the young artist I-eye with the single “Mama She Don’t Like You”.